CROSSBOW HUNTER: Coyotes & Calling

I mentioned it last month and I’ll say it again: The wind is a hunter’s best friend and worst enemy, potentially all in the same minute. Wind direction and velocity can change quickly and it just takes one gust from the wrong direction to foil a plan that had been working perfectly. For many close-range hunters on the ground, constantly checking the wind and adapting is a must. Last weekend, I decided to try coyote hunting with my crossbow. My chosen location was in the bow zone, with many occupied dwellings close by, so I figured a quiet crossbow was … Read more »

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CROSSBOW HUNTER: Cold-Weather Hunting

If you’re into deer hunting you’ll likely want to hunt the rut, which occurs in mid-November. This also means cold temperatures – sometimes very cold. Crossbow hunting in these conditions is still possible, but taking a few precautions with equipment and clothing, along with following a routine and staying active, will help increase your chances of success. I’ve hunted successfully in temperature as low as -36 degrees Celsius. It’s not easy – nothing with hunting is – but it makes for a rewarding bowl of hot soup when you’re done hanging the animal. The difference between hunting and enjoying a … Read more »

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CROSSBOW HUNTER: Up High Hunting

The wind is a hunter’s best friend and worst enemy, potentially all in the same minute. Wind direction and velocity can change quickly and it just takes one gust from the wrong direction to foil a plan that had been working perfectly. For many close-range hunters, an ambush from a tree stand perch over a popular game trail is the preferred method of choice, offering the crucial advantage of avoiding detection. I’ve heard others ask in casual conversation, “You just hang a tree stand and wait – how hard can that be?” Over the years, I’ve seen many trees that … Read more »

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CROSSBOW HUNTER: Pop-up Blind Ambushing

I started crossbow hunting because I thought I could extend my range on white-tailed deer shots. Turns out I was mistaken. Modern compounds are capable of shooting just as far and packing just as much punch to put down a deer at distances of 50 metres and more. The problem wasn’t so much the technology, but the fact that arrows are just plain slow compared to bullets and whitetails have lightning-fast reflexes. Whether the arrow is flying at 280 feet per second like some 60-pound compound bows or 400 feet per second like my Mission MXB-400 crossbow, it’s still slow … Read more »

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CROSSBOW HUNTER: Get Ready For Opening Day

It’s once a year, it’s longed for and the anticipation building up to it can make even the most experienced sportsman feel anxious. It’s opening day. There is much to do before then, and hunting with a crossbow is no different. Scouting your area and buying licenses are a must, but you should also check over your gear and ensure your arrows are flying true. There is no bigger disappointment to a hunter than missing. To help avoid this, take the necessary steps in advance of the season opener to ensure your crossbow is sighted in before you step into … Read more »

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CROSSBOW HUNTER: Crossbow Anatomy

It’s a gun. No, it’s a bow. No wait, it’s something in between… A cross-gun! I mean, a crossbow. They feel more like a gun than a bow when you shoot them, but they are called crossbows. However, their range is more like that of a vertical bow than a rifle and they shoot arrows, not bullets. The term bolts has also been adapted by the crossbow hunting industry, even though a crossbow bolt from the medieval times did not have fletching, and today’s crossbow projectiles do, making them more like short arrows instead of bolts. But don’t expect to … Read more »

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CROSSBOW HUNTER: Introduction

I started hunting at an early age; and like many, my father taught me. Grouse hunting with the .22-calibre long rifle was my first step towards becoming the outdoor professional I am today. I still remember the first time my father told my brother and I to walk down the road right near our uncle’s hunting camp – alone. Not sure if we were excited or scared – likely a bit of both. Thank goodness I’ve improved my shooting since those early days, as we used a box of shells but only bagged one game bird. When I turned 12, … Read more »

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